MA, LMHC, CHt, CCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
My family moved to Roswell, NM when I was seven years old after previous moves ever 6 months. There I grew up on a small pecan farm only a couple miles from an international artist-in-residence programs. I grew up surrounded by cowboys and artists, farmers and oil men, and the devoutly religious, the new-age explorers, and as a dear friend used to say "the militant agnostics". This stretch of occupations and varying political, cultural and spiritual perspectives influenced my drive to explore as many angles as possible. And all of that is probably why Santa Fe felt like home to me upon my move here in 2002.
My initiation into the caring profession was as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist and I owned my own bodywork practice for 6 years in Santa Fe. Moving deeper, I certified in Life Coaching and Group Coaching. To further create a full mind-body-spirit practice, I gained my certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and continued on to specific training in Clinical Medical Support Hypnotherapy. I earned my Master's Degree in Counseling at Southwestern College and completed extensive certifications in both Grief, Trauma, and Renewal, and Human Sexuality. I am a perpetual student and continually am seeking out new concepts, theories, and modalities for healing to learn.
I have worked in community metal health with individuals, couples, and families, with whom I worked with issues varying through compulsive porn watching, sexual trauma, incest, addiction, the co-dependent partnership, self-harm, depression, anxiety, grief, and developmental trauma and PTSD. In all those same cases, I also worked with resilience, reconnection, self-esteem, familial love and affection, establishing new coping skills, and uncovering new perspectives of self with my clients. I am a graduate of the SKY Center where I was extensively trained in suicide prevention and family therapy. Additionally, I have worked in the opioid/heroin crisis in Espanola at a medicine-assisted treatment facility.
My personal life has driven my interest of my therapeutic fields of study. My life has been profoundly touched, either through my personal experiences or with my most intimate beloveds, by addiction, traumatic loss, family disregulation, suicide, murder, sexual trauma, depression/anxiety/OCD and abuse, just to name a few. I am also a survivor of chronic Lyme disease that was misdiagnosed for decades, which put a fierceness in my heart to create more cultural understanding around and support for those living with chronic illness and those who care for them.
When I am not working in my practice or continuing my education, I am hanging out with my husband and fur-babies enjoying the mountains and high desert. I also spend time practicing my guitar, riding horses, writing, making art and silversmithing. I have an affinity for the music of Patty Griffin and Tom Waits. I get a thrill out of well designed spaces. I strive to always be creating experiences and growth in my life that will lead me to a clearer knowledge of self and hopefully a good chunk of joy.
photo by Michelle Rutt